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Joyce Banda spearheads the fight for gender equality

Joyce Banda spearheads the fight for gender equality

By Methil Renuka* Passing through Johannesburg on her way back, she spoke to Methil Renuka, Editor of Forbes Woman Africa, about the decisions she had to take in Malawi’s much-disputed May elections, and also her intention to continue her work championing women’s rights once she returns home. Joyce Banda, Malawi’s former President, has had a busy month in the United States, taking the message of the Joyce Banda Foundation, a social initiative that she has been spearheading … Read entire article »

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Joyce Banda spearheads the fight for gender equality

Joyce Banda spearheads the fight for gender equality

By Methil Renuka* Passing through Johannesburg on her way back, she spoke to Methil Renuka, Editor of Forbes Woman Africa, about the decisions she had to take in Malawi’s much-disputed May elections, and also her intention to continue her work championing women’s rights once she returns home. Joyce Banda, Malawi’s former President, has had a busy month in the United States, taking … Read entire article »

3,000 victims of sexual violence in two DRC provinces

3,000 victims of sexual violence in two DRC provinces

A medical group working in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo reported Monday that there were nearly 3,000 victims of sexual violence in the region during the first half of this year. Heal Africa, which works with victims, mostly women, in the North Kivu and Maniema provinces, said it had identified 2,829 survivors of sexual violence and had … Read entire article »

The Pan-African Baraza: Inventing the Future

The Pan-African Baraza: Inventing the Future

By Firoze Manji* ThoughtWorks has had for some years an ambition to support the establishment of a Pan-African institute. The problem with the word ‘institute’  is that it has too many connotations of academia and elitist think-tanks. It’s as if the development of thinking and envisioning that is needed in Africa is the sole remit of academics. After some discussion, we decided to … Read entire article »

AFRICAN LEADERS ACT NOW ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND SAVE US FROM ITS WORST IMPACTS

AFRICAN LEADERS ACT NOW ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND SAVE US FROM ITS WORST IMPACTS

By Tim Mugerwa* It is an open secret that Africa is most severely affected by global challenges.  The scourges of poverty, disease, youth unemployment, hunger and famine have framed a common narrative of the African continent as a site of catastrophe and immense human suffering. This is further exacerbated by almost barren policies on climate change and its consequences for the continent. … Read entire article »

Nigerians Are Selling Unused Items Worth USD 526 million on MoboFree.com

Nigerians Are Selling Unused Items Worth USD 526 million on MoboFree.com

MoboFree said it expects the total volume of items for sale in its marketplace to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2015 –MoboFree.com (http://www.mobofree.com), the leading African social marketplace, today announced that the total volume of items currently for sale in its marketplace is worth USD 526 million and is expected to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2015. With 3.3 million registered users, … Read entire article »

Movitel – An evidence of Viettel’s successful business model in Africa

Movitel – An evidence of Viettel’s successful business model in Africa

By Quang Phuong* MAPUTO, Mozambique,  –Movitel, a joint venture between Vietnam’s telecommunication Viettel Group and Mozambique’s SPI, has won the Mobile Innovations Awards for enterprises in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. This is the third consecutive year in a row that Movitel has been selected for the coveted award for its achievements and innovation in mobile technology. This category … Read entire article »

This new Rwanda is synonymous with hard work – Pastor Warren

This new Rwanda is synonymous with hard work – Pastor Warren

By Collins Mwai* Yesterday, the third Rwanda Shima Imana convention brought together Christians and top clerics from over 34 countries, including, Russia, the US, India and China. The highlight of the day was Pastor Rick Warren, the founder of Saddleback Ministries, US. The celebrated author has been involved in several activities in Rwanda’s development in the past 10 years through an initiative called Peace Plan. The … Read entire article »

African technology expands in Europe

African technology expands in Europe

AFRICANS have long used technology developed abroad, but now a Kenyan cash transfer network which bypasses banks is being adopted in Europe. The M-Pesa mobile money transfer system which allows clients to send cash with their telephones has transformed how business is done in east Africa, and is now spreading to Romania. “From east Africa to eastern Europe, that’s quite phenomenal when … Read entire article »

500 days and counting: Progress for girls and women means progress for all

500 days and counting: Progress for girls and women means progress for all

By Jill Sheffield, Katja Iversen* August 18 marks 500 days remaining before the Millennium Development Goals expire at the end of 2015. Some countries are on track to meet those goals and some are not, and central to the difference is their relative levels of investment in women and girls. The MDGs emerged from an historic summit of world leaders to mark the new … Read entire article »